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Comment Multiple FOIA Exemptions probably apply (Score 2) 49

I don't think they are going to get very far with the lawsuit under FOIA. See https://www.foia.gov/faq.html#...

Exemption 1: Information that is classified to protect national security.

Exemption 4: Trade secrets or commercial or financial information that is confidential or privileged.

Exemption 7(E). Would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions

So, beside the national security issue, the technique may be a trade secret of the contractor whom the FBI hired to pull off the hack. Next, the hack was clearly used as a technique for a law enforcement investigation.

Comment MOD PARENT UP! (Score 2) 316

Was getting ready to post something similar to the parent AC's comments myself. The logo is for DEC (bought by Compaq/HP), not "digital" in the broader sense like digital music. By this standard, stories about solar power will soon be tagged with the Sun MicroSystems logo. Makes me wonder what they will do with the old Wang logo.

Comment Shipping to decoy addresses (Score 2) 130

Back in March , in a related story, one of Cisco's VPs for security, John Stewart, was quoted in the press as saying that Cisco would ship to decoy addresses to circumvent interception by the Government. Supposedly, this was at a roundtable discussion during the Cisco-Live conference in Melbourne, but there is no video of the discussion on the Cisco-live website.

I've heard he was misquoted and they don't actually do it. Does anybody have link to actual video of this discussion? Are they still doing this? Has anybody used that service?

The original slashdot article is http://hardware.slashdot.org/s...

Comment Europe & Canada... Where are you? (Score 0, Troll) 345

So lots of people her complain about "Big Pharma" and then go on to claim the socialized medicine in Europe & Canada is a superior model with cheaper drugs. How are they doing developing new antibiotics (or drugs generally)? And how do they how do they finance and amortize the cost of development if selling price is so cheap?

Comment And so can fire hoses (Score 4, Interesting) 120

Well if they are talking about the toy in the picture and 40 meters is the height, a fire hose or pitched base ball can bring it down too. If it is low enough to be brought down by a fire hose then it is too low and a nuisance.

What would be more interesting is if sound can bring down a more advanced aircraft that relies on computerized gyroscope stabilization like a F-35 from a few kilometers.

If you were here a bit over a decade ago, you remember these little babies the HERF guns, http://tech.slashdot.org/story... & http://science.slashdot.org/st.... They would probably work on drones (and more). Given the Inverse-square law, I don't remember what the range might be though.

Comment Steampunk it! (Score 1) 67

I'd love to see a city/neighborhood install pnumantic tubes for instant delivery. Its a 19th century technology that is proven and feasable but is strangely seldom used. Just laydown 1/3m (12 in) plastic piping, have machine addressable containers, and install electric-mechanical sorters/routers at each node that can read the addresses and kick the container into the correct junction. One the receving end, the receiver would put the empty container back into the system and it would be routed back to the origin or next node calling for an empty. You could have a payment system for container rental/transport.

There would be an inital install cost, but that would be recouped by the cheap operation.

Order milk and a loaf of bread from the grocery and have it delivered to your door in 10 minutes. Mail could be put into the system at the post office and be delivered to the door without a carrier.

Comment Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 3, Informative) 271

Are you jesting? A judge can ban you from everyplace excepting a 5x8 concrete pad enclosed with iron bars (commonly referred to as a "cell").

In reallity, the Gov't rarely punishes non-violent acts of civil disobediance/protest with anything more than a fine and time served while awaiting trial (days to a few months). For history, look at all the anti-nuke demonstrators who regularly chain themselves to the fences at air force bases. The key here is non-violance. As long as nobody got hurt and there wasn't any real possibility of anybody getting hurt, they will give the guy a small to moderate fine.

If he is not close to retirement, he might get fired from the postal service.

Comment Not in the senario given (Score 1) 365

The article gives a post-apocalyptic senario. Most of the high-techy alternatives like solar and nuclear require an establish industrial infrastructure to produce. You will not bootstrap to building a solar panel outside your mud-hut by rubbing two sticks together to melt sand into silicon. You will build a solar panel by producing refined copper and silicon in factories running on coal-generated electricity until you have enough capacity to replace the coal. So no, there is no realistic senario in which you just skip burning fossil fues and go straight to high-tech (unless you want to run the plant by chopping down and burning all the forests, which is probably a worse solution than fossil fuels). Even something like hydro-power requires industrial infrastructure to build large scale. Otherwise how will you get the steel and cement to build the dam? Or the steel and copper for the turbines and windings?

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